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Magazine Monday: Butternut Squash Barley & Cauliflower Rice Risotto

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Is it really Monday again, already?  Seriously, the weekends always fly by, especially when you are having fun!  I spent time with my mom and brother this weekend, and one of the highlights of the weekend was visiting the Farmers’ Market in Des Moines, IA.  I had heard that the Des Moines Farmer’s Market is absolutely awesome, and after having been there, I must agree!  I went a little produce-buying crazy (are you surprised?) and bought sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, green cabbage, brussel sprouts, onions, and green beans.  I think that I am all set for the week!  You can never have too many veggies, right?

And speaking of “too many” veggies, I have been at it again!  I made my way through another magazine recipe (with adaptations, of course ;)) and  this was one veggie-filled meal.  Oh, and it was pretty darn delicious, too!

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Butternut Squash Barley & Cauliflower Rice Risotto

*Adapted from a recipe in the November 2012 issue of Rachael Ray Magazine.

Servings: 2 to 3


1/4 cup pearled barley
water for cooking barley
4 cups butternut squash, diced
olive oil cooking spray
black pepper
fine sea salt
garlic powder
onion powder
1 small head of cauliflower
water, for cooking
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup frozen green peas
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1/8 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce)
1 TB dried thyme leaf
black pepper, to taste
sea salt, to taste


1. Cook barley according to package directions.

2. While barley is cooking, heat oven to 425 degrees F.  Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with olive oil cooking spray.  Spread the butternut squash in an even layer on the baking sheet.  Spray the butternut squash with olive oil cooking spray and season with sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Roast the butternut squash for approximately 15 minutes.  Flip the squash and roast an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

3. While the butternut squash is roasting, “rice” your cauliflower.  Place cauliflower florets into a food processor and pulse until it resembles rice.  Heat the cauliflower in the microwave for 4 minutes, stir, and then continue heating for an additional 3 minutes.

4. Once the barley is cooked, the butternut squash is roasted, and the cauliflower is riced, line a large skillet with a thin later of water.  Heat the water over medium-high heat until very hot.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium.  Add onion and garlic to the skillet and cook for approximately 6 to 8 minutes, or until softened.  Add additional water, as necessary.

5. Stir in frozen peas.  Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until cooked through.

6. Lower the heat to medium low.  Add barley, butternut squash, cauliflower, vegetable broth, Liquid Aminos, and remaining seasonings.  Stir until well-combined.  Heat for approximately 5 minutes, or until warm.

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It is no secret that I am slightly obsessed with cauliflower “rice.”  This may not be your “traditional” risotto, but I loved the results that I got when I substituted cauliflower rice in place of the rice that was called for in the original recipe.  And seriously, roasted butternut squash is pretty much amazing (even though it is not “in season”).  Oh, and do not even get me started on green peas.  They are definitely one of my favorite vegetables (hence the reason why you see me eating them for snacks in some of my WIAW posts ;)).  All of these awesome foods combined into one made for a very delicious and filling dish.

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One magazine recipe down…and about a million to go.  I think that for every magazine recipe that I make, I add about 3 to 4 more to the pile.  Oops! 😉

Have you made any magazine recipes lately?

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  • jumpeatrun July 29, 2013, 7:57 am
    Looks great! I made some enchiladas from Cooking Light recently. I always love the recipes in magazines, but then forget about them when it comes time to plan dinners!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 29, 2013, 8:44 am
      I hear you! I have a giant stack of recipes, which I occasionally go through and incorporate into my meal planning. These magazine Monday posts are helping a lot!
  • saltedplates July 29, 2013, 8:34 am
    This looks great! I might have to add it to my thanksgiving planning. I have so many magazine recipes clipped I could never ever make them all but I can't stop myself, I am addicted.
  • Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers July 29, 2013, 8:42 am
    Looks great! The only butternut squash risotto I've made used pureed squash, so I like this change. (and I just really really really like squash!)
  • swissfitchick July 29, 2013, 9:01 am
    I need to get my hands on that cauliflower rice, I see it everywhere and it looks so good!
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health July 29, 2013, 9:04 am
    i have heard so many good things about cauliflower rice but never made it myself. and yes- weekends go by so quick :( m not ready for Monday
  • chasingchels July 29, 2013, 9:40 am
    This looks great girl! I'm glad you had so much fun with your family :) Sounds like you made out very well at the farmers market, too! That's an August goal for us: make it to one farmer's market haha. Have a great monday, hun!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 29, 2013, 12:29 pm
      Yes, now that I have been once, I will definitely be hitting up Farmers' Markets more often. They are fun!
  • carlyjg July 29, 2013, 9:40 am
    I've never had cauliflower rice and it kind of terrifies me. So maybe you should just make it and invite me over.
  • Erin July 29, 2013, 9:55 am
    Glad you had a great weekend, this looks delicious
  • The Cookie ChRUNicles July 29, 2013, 10:59 am
    I just roasted butternut squash and cauliflower prior to reading your post - this is right up my alley - I must try it
  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen July 29, 2013, 11:10 am
    Yes, definitely no such thing as too many veggies :)
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life July 29, 2013, 11:43 am
    Oh yum! As a girl who likes cauliflower and squash a lot, this is right up my alley. Totally bookmarking for the fall when butternut's on sale!
  • Julia July 29, 2013, 12:09 pm
    Oh that Rachel Ray...I have yet to pick up one of her magazines but I just love her! This risotto looks so fresh, healthy and delicious!
  • Alyssa @ Road to RD July 29, 2013, 12:31 pm
    I've never made risotto before, but it definitely sounds great in this recipe!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 29, 2013, 3:28 pm
      This probably isn't much like actual risotto with all of the changes that I made, but it sure is tasty!
  • Alex@Veggin' Out July 29, 2013, 12:56 pm
    You will never cease to amaze me with your amazing, veggie-filled recipes! I love risotto, so this sounds fabulous! And it reminded me that I really need to get some zucchini to make your squash pizza crust! :) Oh and I seriously think I might be addicted to green peas... my Mom doesn't like them at all, which I don't understand, but I'm not complaining either. More for me ;)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 29, 2013, 3:31 pm
      Yes, you absolutely need to try those pizza crusts!! And yay for green peas. The more the merrier, right? ;)
  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog July 29, 2013, 1:00 pm
    Looks delicious! I love butternut squash and risotto. This recipe reminds me of fall which is perfect for the cooler weather we had this past weekend. Sounds like you had a successful Farmers Market trip!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 29, 2013, 3:32 pm
      Yes, this definitely screams "Fall." I will absolutely be making it again come September/October!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine July 29, 2013, 1:18 pm
    YUM! I'm all about magazine recipes, especially Vegetarian Times ones - they're the best!
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies July 29, 2013, 2:21 pm
    I really should dive into my stack of Food & Wine magazines a highschooler suckered me into buying for a fundraiser... but I just see so many good recipes online, like this one! I loooooooove squash. Anything with squash = win.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 29, 2013, 3:32 pm
      I hear you. I have SO many recipes, both online and from magazines. I really am trying to work hard to make it through a lot of them, though.
  • Alisha's Appetite July 29, 2013, 2:34 pm
    How was the Des Moines farmer's market!? I'm from Dubuque, but sadly have never made it to the DM market before...I've seen pictures and it looks awesome! I used to work for the Iowa City farmer's market and it was pretty a high quality one.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 29, 2013, 3:34 pm
      How cool! My mom and brother both went to college in Dubuque and my best friend from college is from there! The DM farmers' market was great. There were SO many awesome vendors. I had to try to control myself and not buy TOO much ;).
      • Alisha's Appetite July 29, 2013, 4:01 pm
        That's crazy! Where do you live now? It's very possible I know your friend or at least someone who knows her!
  • ashley July 29, 2013, 3:06 pm
    I'm new to cooking with barley and I love it. I feel like I missed out all those years I didn't cook with it!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 29, 2013, 3:36 pm
      I didn't cook with it until last year. Boy, had I been missing out. I make the Happy Herbivore's mushroom barley quite often and it is SO good!
  • Zoe @ Chocolate Covered Chia July 29, 2013, 3:56 pm
    Clean Eating has been my go-to magazine for healthy, fast recipes. This risotto looks awesome :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 29, 2013, 4:50 pm
      I really need to check out that magazine. I am sure that I would get all sorts of ideas from it!
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats July 29, 2013, 4:11 pm
    Wow that looks delicious!! Love how innovative this is :)
  • Eating 4 Balance July 29, 2013, 4:12 pm
    I love watching Rachael Ray. I used to think she was super annoying with her little catch phrases EVOO and Yum-o. But now I just find her hilarious. She's almost more of an entertainer than a cook so with that in mind I appreciate her shows a lot more.
    • Eating 4 Balance July 29, 2013, 4:13 pm
      Oh, and you need to start a link-up for Magazine Mondays! I need some encouragement to try some recipes out of my insane stack (on my family of course ;) ).
      • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 29, 2013, 4:51 pm
        I totally should...of course that would probably require me to post every Monday and I am not even sure if I have the motivation to cook a magazine recipe every week! ;) Maybe I could make it a monthly thing!
  • jessiebearwhat July 29, 2013, 4:47 pm
    Mmmm I love me some cauliflower risotto ;)
  • Elizabeth @ elizabethgardenkitchen July 29, 2013, 4:58 pm
    Cauliflower rice! I'm such a fan too. Veg News and Vegetarian Times have had some great ice cream and sorbet recipes lately. I've been getting a lot of use out of my ice cream maker!
  • Alexis July 29, 2013, 5:38 pm
    I MUST start going through magazine and bookmarking recipes. I'm drooling over this!! I kind of love cauliflower. A lot. :)
  • Heather Englund (@FitMamaRealFood) July 29, 2013, 5:41 pm
    I am all for non traditional recipes. Love that the risotto is made from cauliflower!
  • makingthymeforhealth July 29, 2013, 5:49 pm
    Risotto rice with cauliflower is so creative! It looks perfectly delicious!
  • Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smile July 29, 2013, 8:50 pm
    I love butternut squash and I love risotto so this sounds like a perfect recipe :) I haven't had butternut squash in a while because I didn't think it was really in season....How is it this time of year?
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 30, 2013, 7:14 am
      I actually bought the pre-cut butternut squash from Wal-mart (of all places!) and I think that the roasting process made it extra tasty...so mine was good. As far as an actual butternut squash..that I am not sure.
  • jessielovestorun July 30, 2013, 1:06 am
    I actually just made a purple potato salad a few moments ago from one of my OXYGEN magazines. I love the added butternut squash in the meal. It sounds awesme.
  • Brittany July 30, 2013, 8:23 am
    My step mom loves magazine recipes and she has found some serious gems in them!! I don't look for recipes in them, but I should! This looks so good!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 30, 2013, 12:30 pm
      You should!...or maybe you shouldn't...because then you will just have an even bigger collection of recipes to make ;).
  • Katherine July 30, 2013, 8:32 am
    I haven't been doing any magazine recipes, but I did finally make a few things off my pinterest boards. I felt very proud FINALLY doing/making something from Pinterest!
  • MegBek July 30, 2013, 8:39 am
    I freaking love all your recipes - so delish! This sounds wonderful, even if it's not yours.. :) Yay for knocking down ONE recipe! Ha!
  • ahealthyhappyhome July 30, 2013, 9:06 am
    I love cauliflower rice too! This one sound delish! Anything with butternut squash added sounds good to me :-)
  • Heather @ Pinkaholic Fitness July 30, 2013, 9:26 am
    This looks Ahhhmazing! I love cauliflower mash and soup, never had cauliflower rice! I will be trying this soon! Thanks : )
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 30, 2013, 12:32 pm
      You should definitely try cauliflower rice soon! I need to try making cauliflower mash. I have been wanting to for awhile now, but keep forgetting :(.
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl July 30, 2013, 12:24 pm
    I have everything to make this!!! I'm going to give it a shot for dinner tonight. :)
  • kathysteger July 30, 2013, 12:37 pm
    This risotto is making me salivate. Looks delicious.
  • Kim @ healthy nest July 30, 2013, 2:27 pm
    I always get so overwhelmed at the farmer's market! I want to just load up on random veggies, but then I get paralyzed trying to figure out how I'm going to use each one. :) I should probably stop worrying about that. This recipe looks amazing!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 30, 2013, 4:33 pm
      Haha, I think that I went a little TOO crazy when I was there. Now I am trying to come up with all kinds of creative ways to get everything eaten before it goes bad!
  • pbandrunningshoes July 30, 2013, 8:15 pm
    Definitely going to try this! I don't understand how the weekends can go so fast and the week just drags!
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness July 30, 2013, 8:17 pm
    This sounds really good! I love butternut squash and love the idea of cauliflower rice. I like cauliflower pizza crust so I'm sure i would like the rice too!
  • Ashley July 31, 2013, 5:44 am
    Anything with butternut squash and cauliflower is a very good thing in my book! I need to try this! I always buy wayyyyy too much at the farmer's market - I can't help myself whenever I go haha
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 31, 2013, 8:09 pm
      It is so difficult not to! I am currently struggling to make it through everything that I bought before it goes bad.

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